February 25, 2022
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
February may be almost over but there always be time for us to remember that we are a work in progress. Our situations and our environment may change but we must deal with it all. If we stay positive and strive for personal improvement we will have the best chance for personal happiness.
Here are a few tips I found on the internet that offer some ideas as to how we can do well in the days ahead.
Instructions for a wonderful and fulfilling life
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
- When you say, ‘I love you’, mean it.
- When you say, ‘I’m sorry’, look the person in the eye.
- Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
- Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
- In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling.
- Don’t judge people by their relatives.
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
- Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Read more books and watch less TV.
- Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
- A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
- Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
- Be gentle with the earth.
- Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
- If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
- Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
- Remember that your character is your destiny.
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
An elderly lady was concerned about her husband’s hearing. It seemed that every time she would call him, he wouldn’t respond. So, the lady went to the doctor to ask his advice.
The doctor said to her, “when you go home, tell your husband to stand at the end of the hallway, and you should stand at the other end.
Ask him what he wants for dinner. Continue to move him closer towards you until he responds to your question so you know exactly how far away he is from you when he finally hears you.”
She thought this was a great idea. When she got home, she placed her husband at the end of the hallway and yelled, “Herbert, what do you want for dinner?”
There was no response. She moved 10 feet closer.
Again she yelled, “Herbert, what do you want for dinner?”
She moved another 15 feet closer to where she was now practically face to face with her husband.
She yelled even louder this time, “HERBERT, what do you want for dinner?!!”
Herbert yelled back at her, “For the THIRD time, I want chicken!!”
Things could be worse…Martha Stewart could be your mother-in-law.
There were these two elderly people living in a Florida mobile home park. He was a widower and she a widow. They had known one another for a number of years. One evening there was a community supper in the big activity center. These two were at the same table, across from one another. As the meal went on, he made a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered up his courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?”
After a dramatic pause and precisely six seconds of ‘careful consideration,’ she answered. “Yes. Yes, I will.” The meal ended with a few more pleasant exchanges and they went to their respective places.
Next morning, he was troubled. “Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’?” He couldn’t remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her. First, he explained to her that he didn’t remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he then inquired of her, “When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?”
He was delighted to hear her say, “Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will’ and I meant it with all my heart.” Then she continued, “And I am so glad that you called, because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.”
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
Mrs. Finkel was in her garden, hanging up her washing on the line when her gossipy neighbor poked her head over the fence.
“I hate to tell you this, Rachel,” said the gossip, “but there’s a rumor that your husband, Abe, is chasing young women. And at his age too!” she clucked like a chicken. “He’s seventy-five, no?”
“Nu, so he’s seventy-five,” replied Mrs Finkel. “So let him chase girls. Dogs chase cars – but when they catch one, can they drive it?”
Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race begin?”
The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children and all mankind was made.”
Two days later, the girl asked her father the same question, “How did the human race begin?”
The father answered, “Many years ago, there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”
The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God and Dad said it developed from monkeys?”
The mother answered, “Well, dear, it’s very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”
When everyone thinks alike not much gets thought.
A guy and a girl are having a drink together in a bar. The man raises his glass and says, “Here’s hoping you’re in Heaven ten minutes before the devil knows you’re dead!”
“What’s that mean?” asks the girl.
“That,” answers her date, “is an authentic Irish toast.”
“Oh. Well, here’s to bread, eggs and cinnamon!”
“Bread, eggs and cinnamon? What’s that?”
The girl says, “That’s French toast.”
No tool is more beneficial than intelligence.
No enemy is more harmful than ignorance.
Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Harithi al-Baghdadi al-Mufid
Three Jewish mothers are sitting on a bench in Brent Cross shopping center talking about (what else?) how much their sons love them.
Sadie says, “You know the Chagall painting hanging in my living room? My son, Arnold, bought that for me for my 75th birthday. What a good boy he is and how much he loves his mother.”
Minnie says,”You call that love? You know the Mercedes I just got for Mother’s Day? That’s from my son Bernie. What a doll.”
Shirley says “That’s nothing. You know my son Stanley? He’s in analysis with a psychoanalyst in Harley Street, five sessions a week. And what does he talk about? Me!”
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St. Francis of Assisi
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